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Fatwa by Pakistan religious leaders brands suicide attacks un-Islamic

The Pakistani religious leaders announced that May 22 would be observed as a “Day of Peace and Love” against terrorism and extremism.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Some 200 religious scholars have issued a fatwa, or religious edict, against suicide attacks. The decree, issued at a conference in the eastern city of Lahore on May 17, described such […]

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How the U.S. special relationship with Pakistan lost out to China’s strategic ‘silk road’

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman The visit of China’s President Xi Jing Ping to Islamabad and the promised commitment of some $45 billion to develop a new “silk road” through Pakistan could be a stunning geopolitical as well as […]

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Italian police raids target Pakistani, Afghan suspects in plot against Vatican

The Vatican.

Special to WorldTribune.com Raids throughout Italy targeted 18 suspects in plot to attack the Vatican, a prosecutor said on April 24. Mauro Mura said the counter-terrorism investigation of planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan had found evidence of plans involving […]

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China’s $46 billion economic corridor to Gwadar buys Pakistan key spot on chessboard

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message: Pakistan has a […]

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New China-Pakistan trade corridor from Gwadar to Xinjiang will transform region, but how?

Gwadar, Pakistan could develop into a major Chinese port.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing China and Pakistan announced with considerable fanfare, especially in Islamabad, a $46 billion dollar investment program to build a transportation corridor from the western Pakistani port of Gwadar to Xinjiang region in northwestern […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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Iran’s Zarif in Pakistan where parliament is debating Saudi request to join fight in Yemen

Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Islamabad on April 8 for talks expected to include the situation in Yemen where a Saudi-led coalition is launching airstrikes targeting Shiite Houthi […]

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Irreconcilable differences in our time: Let’s not go to pieces over peace

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Some of the terrible problems we read, hear and talk about so often are beyond solution. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated this week that as long as he was in office there […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Turkey expands defense support to Pakistan as alternative as NATO cuts back

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has expanded defense cooperation with Pakistan. Ankara has approved a project to coproduce armored vehicles for the Pakistan Army. Under the agreement, Turkey’s Nurol Technologies was contracted to transfer technology to enhance armor vehicle […]

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